Vanuatu: An Interesting Planet


Lisa and George hiking in a volcano crater in Hawaii

I have not always been very interested in Earth Science or Volcanoes. I distinctly remember Seventh Grade Earth Science being incredibly dry. I think I could have fallen asleep but I was too much a goody-goody to actually close my eyes in class.

During my seven years at sea, it came as a real surprise that so much of the planet was mesmerizing and full of true awesomeness.  I remember being uninterested in the locks of the Panama Canal in advance, but all three times I have sailed through I have sat outside all day watching and have taken the same photos every time. It really is incredible.
When I got assigned to go to Alaska for my first summer, my friend said, “I am so jealous! I have always wanted to go there.” I said, “Why?” Apparently, his seventh grade teacher inspired him to want to learn about Earth Science and Glaciers and showed videos of the Glaciers calving and he was waiting to see it for himself.
Now, I know that there are marvelous mysteries around every corner.


Tanna Volcano (

Recently in Hawaii, I walked for miles in a crater, which was incredible. It reminded me of our trip to Vanuatu. On that trip, we missed out on going to the island, Tanna with the active volcano. I know I will be back there soon. Whether Volcanoes, Glaciers or Canal locks, there is so much to see just around the corner and a bit further.

I am working my hardest to make sure that all of my science students are inspired to travel all around our wildly interesting planet.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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